Author: Seattle Area Archivists

Archive-NAGPRA-PNAAM Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out this important survey regarding existing archive policies and practices related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) process and the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (PNAAM).

Supported by generous funding from the Society of American Archivists Foundation, the Autry Museum of the American West is collaboratively developing a “Where Repatriation Meets the Protocols” workbook that focuses on the intersecting activities between the NAGPRA process and PNAAM guidelines. As a first step, we are sending this survey out to those who are or may be associated with these activities including–but not limited to–tribal groups, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO), NAGPRA coordinators, librarians, archivists, archaeologists, and museum professionals.

The goal of this survey is to better assess the levels of preparedness different entities have when working with archive collections during the NAGPRA process.

Data from this survey will also be crucial when examining the range of existing policies, procedures, and practices that will influence the development of the “Where Repatriation Meets the Protocols” workbook, which aims to be a solid start to a “living document” that will guide entities working with archives as part of their repatriation efforts.

Labor Archives of Washington Records Survey

(Graphic courtesy of Crystal Rodgers, Labor Archives of Washington)

Does your repository have collections related to working people, the labor movement, and interrelated civil rights and social justice struggles? The Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections is issuing another call for all cultural heritage institutions in the Pacific Northwest with labor-related collections to participate in the Labor Records Survey! Thanks to the over 19 cultural heritage institutions that already participated during the first round in 2017, resulting in 12 new entries in the Society of American Archivists’ Labor Archives Directory. This significantly expanded the representation of PNW repositories with labor records in their holdings! Once complete, this survey will also culminate in a published catalog of Pacific Northwest labor records.  

The Regional Records Survey is a multi-year project, led by Crystal Rodgers, Labor Archivist for Processing, that includes a companion survey of records held by labor unions and affiliated organizations, helping the Labor Archives better understand the needs of our donor community, cultivate relationships with new organizations, plan for new donations, and offer records management and preservation consultations. Since the survey began in 2017, we now have data on 51 labor unions/affiliated organizations in WA and 19 repositories in the PNW. If you’re curious to learn more about the project or would like to participate in the survey but have questions, please reach out to Crystal at

Apply for funding to attend the Society of American Archivists annual meeting TODAY!

The Society of American Archivists Foundation Board voted unanimously to transform the SAAF Travel Award to a registration award program that will support up to 122 archivists’ attendance at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020: The Virtual Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and SAA, August 6-7, 2020.

Travel awards may be applied only to conference registration fees for the 2020 Virtual Joint Annual Meeting. Only current SAA members are eligible for this award. The primary criterion for selection will be financial need.

More information—including how to apply—can be found here:

Deadline for applying is July 31 at 11:59 PM CT.